The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

The Lady Rogue Book Cover The Lady Rogue
Jenn Bennett
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA, Romance
Simon Pulse
September 3, 2019
Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook, Audio CD
384

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

YA Historical Fiction Fantasy at its Finest…

Set in 1930s Eastern Europe, The Lady Rogue takes you on a captivating adventure to the time of the Orient Express, wire communication, and the open possibility for the discovery of ancient artifacts and legends.  Jenn Bennett paints a rich and colorful backdrop full of details and information that brings the pages to life.  Her flawless and highly descriptive writing makes you feel like you are seeing and experiencing the story first hand.

Theodora Fox is a smart, spunky, inquisitive teenager who gives the story personality and plausibility.  Her reconnection with Huck Gallagher, who her father took in as a boy when his parents were killed in an accident before his eyes, provides a personal subplot as they move to heal the broken hearts that resulted from their forced separation.  The intimate yet bantering relationship they have gives the story many lighthearted and comical moments.  The chase: away from players with nefarious motives and in search of her her father, provides growth for her and Huck both personally but also for their relationship.

Jenn Bennett totally nailed it with The Lady Rogue. It is the perfect YA and teen read but totally a book adults will enjoy.  Its appropriateness for all ages in no way detracts from the high level of storytelling and craftsmanship of this amazingly creative tale with a totally unexpected but perfect ending.

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